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A charming holiday baking cookbook brimming with delicious, indulgent recipes, cozy winter photography, and lots of holiday cheer from Sarah Kieffer. Here's a festive holiday baking book to celebrate this very special time of year. Sarah Kieffer, author of 100 Cookies, beloved baker behind The Vanilla Bean Blog, and creator of the "bang-the-pan" method offers more than 50 d A charming holiday baking cookbook brimming with delicious, indulgent recipes, cozy winter photography, and lots of holiday cheer from Sarah Kieffer. Here's a festive holiday baking book to celebrate this very special time of year. Sarah Kieffer, author of 100 Cookies, beloved baker behind The Vanilla Bean Blog, and creator of the "bang-the-pan" method offers more than 50 delicious recipes for seasonal brunches, cookie swaps, and all those Christmas, Hanukah, and New Year's Eve parties. Delight family and friends with edible gifts and whip up some delicious baked goods to treat yourself through the long winter months after the holidays have ended. Recipes include: Triple Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Meyer Lemon-White Chocolate Scones, Pear-Almond Danish Bread, Hot Chocolate Cake, and Pumpkin Pie with Candied Pepita Streusel. With cozy holiday imagery, a lovely, clean aesthetic, and easy yet innovative recipes, this is a go-to cookbook for baking enthusiasts, anyone who loves the holiday season, and, of course, fans of Sarah Kieffer and her hugely popular cookie book, 100 Cookies. GREAT GIFT OPPORTUNITY: With happy, festive photography and anyone-can-do-it recipes, this is a perfect holiday gift alongside a cute apron or baking product. It's sure to please anyone in your life who loves to while away the winter months in their warm and cozy kitchen. BELOVED, ACCOMPLISHED BLOGGER AND AUTHOR: Sarah Kieffer is the beloved blogger behind The Vanilla Bean Baking Blog, which won the SAVEUR Reader's Choice Best Baking & Desserts Blog in 2014. Her pan-banging cookie technique went viral on the New York Times website. She has written two cookbooks and been featured by Food52, The Today Show, Mashable, The Kitchn, America's Test Kitchen, Huffington Post, and more. Perfect for: • Bakers of all ages • Holiday bakers • Fans of Sarah's bang-the-pan cookies, 100 Cookies, and The Vanilla Bean Blog • Holiday gift givers


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A charming holiday baking cookbook brimming with delicious, indulgent recipes, cozy winter photography, and lots of holiday cheer from Sarah Kieffer. Here's a festive holiday baking book to celebrate this very special time of year. Sarah Kieffer, author of 100 Cookies, beloved baker behind The Vanilla Bean Blog, and creator of the "bang-the-pan" method offers more than 50 d A charming holiday baking cookbook brimming with delicious, indulgent recipes, cozy winter photography, and lots of holiday cheer from Sarah Kieffer. Here's a festive holiday baking book to celebrate this very special time of year. Sarah Kieffer, author of 100 Cookies, beloved baker behind The Vanilla Bean Blog, and creator of the "bang-the-pan" method offers more than 50 delicious recipes for seasonal brunches, cookie swaps, and all those Christmas, Hanukah, and New Year's Eve parties. Delight family and friends with edible gifts and whip up some delicious baked goods to treat yourself through the long winter months after the holidays have ended. Recipes include: Triple Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Meyer Lemon-White Chocolate Scones, Pear-Almond Danish Bread, Hot Chocolate Cake, and Pumpkin Pie with Candied Pepita Streusel. With cozy holiday imagery, a lovely, clean aesthetic, and easy yet innovative recipes, this is a go-to cookbook for baking enthusiasts, anyone who loves the holiday season, and, of course, fans of Sarah Kieffer and her hugely popular cookie book, 100 Cookies. GREAT GIFT OPPORTUNITY: With happy, festive photography and anyone-can-do-it recipes, this is a perfect holiday gift alongside a cute apron or baking product. It's sure to please anyone in your life who loves to while away the winter months in their warm and cozy kitchen. BELOVED, ACCOMPLISHED BLOGGER AND AUTHOR: Sarah Kieffer is the beloved blogger behind The Vanilla Bean Baking Blog, which won the SAVEUR Reader's Choice Best Baking & Desserts Blog in 2014. Her pan-banging cookie technique went viral on the New York Times website. She has written two cookbooks and been featured by Food52, The Today Show, Mashable, The Kitchn, America's Test Kitchen, Huffington Post, and more. Perfect for: • Bakers of all ages • Holiday bakers • Fans of Sarah's bang-the-pan cookies, 100 Cookies, and The Vanilla Bean Blog • Holiday gift givers

30 review for Baking for the Holidays: 50+ Treats for a Festive Season

  1. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    Baking for the Holidays- 50+ Treats for a Festive Season by Sarah Kieffer is a 2021 Chronicle Books publication. Often times, when it comes to holiday baking, though I’m more in my element than with cooking turkeys or hams, or other holiday meal items, I start to stress thinking of the exacting measurements, temperatures, and cooking times, the often-complicated steps and time consumption to pull off an appealing presentation for guests- which is why I normally stick to the tried and true recipe Baking for the Holidays- 50+ Treats for a Festive Season by Sarah Kieffer is a 2021 Chronicle Books publication. Often times, when it comes to holiday baking, though I’m more in my element than with cooking turkeys or hams, or other holiday meal items, I start to stress thinking of the exacting measurements, temperatures, and cooking times, the often-complicated steps and time consumption to pull off an appealing presentation for guests- which is why I normally stick to the tried and true recipes- claiming it’s tradition, when it fact, I’m just too nervous to try something new. This year, though, I’m in a much different mood. I’m ready to shake things up a little! When I saw this book on Edelweiss, I was hoping to find some new ideas that weren’t terribly expensive or overly complicated. I was quite pleased by what I saw. As the title states, the book has as a set number of recipes- but there are variations on many of these recipes. The author begins by giving us a very small glimpse into her background and holiday memories, before moving on to instruct the reader how to perform a few tasks, such as making egg wash and tempering chocolate. There is even a very thoughtful list of the ingredients used, and the suggested brands one should have on hand, as well as tools- mostly basics, like kitchen scissors, thermometers, etc., but there were a few things one might need to consider buying for certain recipes- all easily found on the internet. The recipes ranged from pastries, breads, holiday desserts, candies, cookies, cakes- and a section for after Christmas treats. All the recipes include color photographs, and the pastry section had detailed instructions on some of the more complicated procedures such as breading dough. Most recipes were easy to moderate- but there were a few that were fairly involved and might be more time consuming. Many of these recipes can be served anytime- not just during the holidays. I thought the lovely confetti cake would make a nice birthday cake! It was so colorful! There was a small section at the end for ‘extras’ where I found a homemade marshmallow recipe- the mint version, which was paired with hot tea, sounds so yummy!! I can’t wait to try it! Overall, if you are looking for a very helpful recipes book devoted to baking- holiday or otherwise, this is one I think you should check out!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)

    Full Review on The Candid Cover Baking for the Holidays by Sarah Kieffer is a perfect collection of holiday and winter recipes to get you in the spirit of the season. The instructions are easy to follow and the images are stunning. This is a great cookbook to gift someone on your list or to keep for yourself. If you are looking for a recipe book that has classic holiday baked goods and cozy winter recipes, then this is one to try. It has a simple and beautiful layout, as well as some personal sto Full Review on The Candid Cover Baking for the Holidays by Sarah Kieffer is a perfect collection of holiday and winter recipes to get you in the spirit of the season. The instructions are easy to follow and the images are stunning. This is a great cookbook to gift someone on your list or to keep for yourself. If you are looking for a recipe book that has classic holiday baked goods and cozy winter recipes, then this is one to try. It has a simple and beautiful layout, as well as some personal stories that Kieffer shares with each recipe. Fans of her blog and her other cookbooks will enjoy this glimpse into the baker’s life. While the recipes are explained in simple terms, some of them are a bit more labour intensive than others. However, there is a good mix between quick and time consuming recipes. That being said, novice bakers might have difficulty with some of the recipes in the book. ❀ CONTENTS: BAKING FOR THE HOLIDAYS Morning Breads and Pastries Holiday Desserts Gift Giving Beyond Christmas Extras This is such a fun and inspirational book of recipes for the holiday season. It even includes a classic Sarah Kieffer playlist to put you in the mood. I am looking forward to creating quite a few of these treats this year.

  3. 5 out of 5

    oohlalabooks

    I love everything to do with Christmas especially the cookies & pastries! This cookbook is awesome, the pictures are beautiful, and the recipes appear to be easy with ingredients already found in my pantry. I cannot wait to try these! Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a gifted copy. This is my honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Arlene Arredondo

    Great selection of bake goods for any time of year, and specially for the holidays. This book has various starter doughs with different options to make an assorted of pastries and breads. Love all the ideas gathered here. This could make a great gift for someone that loves baking. Definitely recommend it. Note: I received an ARC for review purposes and an honest and unbiased opinion.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Julie Durnell

    Beautifully done!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Baking for the Holidays is a nice collection of festive recipes developed and curated by Sarah Kieffer. Due out 7th Sept 2021 from Chronicle Books, it's 224 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats. This is a winter themed recipe collection full of tempting breads, sweet bakes, cookies, and candies for entertaining or gift-giving. The author says that although her family celebrates Christmas, the recipes are presented with an eye Originally posted on my blog: Nonstop Reader. Baking for the Holidays is a nice collection of festive recipes developed and curated by Sarah Kieffer. Due out 7th Sept 2021 from Chronicle Books, it's 224 pages and will be available in hardcover and ebook formats. This is a winter themed recipe collection full of tempting breads, sweet bakes, cookies, and candies for entertaining or gift-giving. The author says that although her family celebrates Christmas, the recipes are presented with an eye to end-of-year baking and entertaining and are aimed at "the holiday season". The book is certainly filled with attractive and enticing sweet treats. The recipes are arranged thematically: morning breads & pastries, holiday desserts, gift giving, beyond Christmas, and extras (jams & curd, marshmallows, decorative caramel shards, and other partial ingredients. Each recipe includes serving yields, special notes, and prep times. Recipe ingredients are listed bullet point style along with optional ingredients. All measurements are given in American standard measures with metric measures in brackets (yay!). The directions are given step by step, with assembly tutorials which are accompanied by clear color photos. The nutritional information is not included. Each of the recipes also includes a serving photo in color. Serving suggestions are attractive and appropriate. The recipes' ingredients are easily sourced and the resultant dishes are family friendly and appealing. Everything is well done and I heartily recommend the book overall. There are a number of these recipes which will get an appearance in my own family dinners/potlucks in the coming months. Probably worth noting, a lot of these recipes are quite chocolate heavy (there's a recipe for fruit cake with chocolate glaze included here). For folks who love chocolate on everything - this one has the goods. The other thing which struck me was that this is a very *stylish* book. Many of these recipes are just that little bit fancier than the average run. Some of them might be a little bit labor intensive for rushed and stressed holiday cooks (but they're so elegant). Five stars. Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    This book was received as an ARC from Chronicle Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I could not help but get excited and hungry when I saw the magnificent desserts and how easy the recipes were to follow. I love how Sarah Kieffer adds a personal connection to each recipe and it makes you want to eat the dish more. I can't wait to make a lot of these desserts including the Giant Cinnamon Rolls, Morning Buns, Star Braid with This book was received as an ARC from Chronicle Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I could not help but get excited and hungry when I saw the magnificent desserts and how easy the recipes were to follow. I love how Sarah Kieffer adds a personal connection to each recipe and it makes you want to eat the dish more. I can't wait to make a lot of these desserts including the Giant Cinnamon Rolls, Morning Buns, Star Braid with all of the different fillings and of course the creme brulee pumpkin pie. I know this book will be a hit and a candidate for a future cooking demo that will definitely be very popular. I can't wait to share all of these wonderful recipes with our library community. We will consider adding this title to our TX Non-Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Tracy

    Stunning cookbook with many beautiful photographs of the finished treats. I was happy to see the measurements given in metric as well as cups and tablespoons, and I love the variations given for each recipe. Some dishes are a bit more complex, though the recipes are detailed and some provide photos of the process so that even if you're a novice baker, you can feel confident trying something new. I think the blueberry streusel rolls, pull-apart breads, and hot chocolate cake (among so many others Stunning cookbook with many beautiful photographs of the finished treats. I was happy to see the measurements given in metric as well as cups and tablespoons, and I love the variations given for each recipe. Some dishes are a bit more complex, though the recipes are detailed and some provide photos of the process so that even if you're a novice baker, you can feel confident trying something new. I think the blueberry streusel rolls, pull-apart breads, and hot chocolate cake (among so many others) will be frequent treats in my family. I am confident this book will have a permanent spot on my cookbook shelf. I am very grateful to Chronicle Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read Baking for the Holidays.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Meagan

    On the one hand, it felt a little weird to read a book about holiday baking less than a week after a historic, record-setting heat wave in the Pacific Northwest. On the other hand, reading the book and thinking about winter was a blessed mental break and reminder that weather will, in fact, grow colder (and I’ll one day have to turn on my heater again, though it is not this day!). Autumn is hands down my favorite season; it kicks off allllll the baking goodness I love, not to mention the glorious On the one hand, it felt a little weird to read a book about holiday baking less than a week after a historic, record-setting heat wave in the Pacific Northwest. On the other hand, reading the book and thinking about winter was a blessed mental break and reminder that weather will, in fact, grow colder (and I’ll one day have to turn on my heater again, though it is not this day!). Autumn is hands down my favorite season; it kicks off allllll the baking goodness I love, not to mention the glorious kitchen smells (and free residual oven heat to warm my apartment, if I’m honest). I happily daydream of and anticipate Thanksgiving and Christmas, listen to Christmas music, and visit Hobby Lobby for #allthehomedecor shopping. So reading Baking for the Holidays gave me a sneak peek of that in July (Christmas in July, anyone?!)–and I loved it on all the levels. (Oh, sorry, let me keep on with the hashtagging–#allthelevels.) This cookbook, focused on my favorite time of year and favorite things to eat, is utterly glorious, from the photography to the sheer ideas it gets me itching to start on (if only the oven wouldn’t heat things up before I want it to!). And the stories Kieffer includes are so very relatable and entertaining, bringing back many a childhood memory as I read. (Plus, anyone that favorably mentions Amy Grant’s Christmas albums is all right in my book. And book quotes scattered throughout?! I think I’ve found a kindred spirit.) Classic recipes (Cinnamon rolls! Streusel coffee cake!) appear alongside fresh takes and trendy-ish ingredients (Nutella star bread–and who can go wrong with the beautiful pattern it makes?!–and Meyer lemon-white chocolate scones!). And the season doesn’t get much more festive, food-wise, than with the white cake with cranberries and white chocolate buttercream; its incorporation of rosemary-sprig garnish truly elevates it. And, this may be the cookbook that finally gets me to try Nutella, haha. I love that the book includes tips and tricks for early prep, as well; we all know how crazy the hols can get, and anywhere we can save ourselves time and/or angst is always appreciated. A true feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds. I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sally Mander

    5 stars, Fabulous Baked Treats BAKING FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Sarah Kieffer A wonderful how-to book for baking treats for the holidays or special occasions. There are lovely full-color photos throughout the book, the author shows you exactly how to fold your dough and how to give it an impressive, stunning almost show-like presentation. Stars with cinnamon bread, easier puff pastry, and panettone scones are some of the recipe techniques that the author displays for you to follow step by step. I always 5 stars, Fabulous Baked Treats BAKING FOR THE HOLIDAYS by Sarah Kieffer A wonderful how-to book for baking treats for the holidays or special occasions. There are lovely full-color photos throughout the book, the author shows you exactly how to fold your dough and how to give it an impressive, stunning almost show-like presentation. Stars with cinnamon bread, easier puff pastry, and panettone scones are some of the recipe techniques that the author displays for you to follow step by step. I always like to read books about baking, to give my family a special treat, that can be made every year. Highly recommend it. There is a section at the beginning that goes over the techniques of baking, along with a description of each ingredient used and the purpose of it. There are crisp, clean farmhouse, snowy scenes for art, strategically placed throughout the book. It really is eye candy and you may not want to share your copy with anyone else. Since I have an eBook, it was simply amazing that all of the pictures were included, usually, the publisher doesn't put the artwork or pictures in, until you purchase a copy. I am sincerely grateful for the complimentary copy of #bakingfortheholidays from #netgalley #chroniclebooks #sarahkieffer I was under no obligation to post a review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jessa

    A huge thank you to Netgalley and Chronicle Books for the digital review copy! Cozy with a clean format, this cookbook is beautifully made. It comes with several recipes that utilize cardamom and takes a torch the traditional pumpkin pie - seriously! Sarah adds a personal touch by tying her stories to the recipes and even shares a curated holiday playlist to bake to! This book goes beyond the holidays by incorporating other recipes such as "Cheater's Croissant Dough" and "Sweet Dough," which can A huge thank you to Netgalley and Chronicle Books for the digital review copy! Cozy with a clean format, this cookbook is beautifully made. It comes with several recipes that utilize cardamom and takes a torch the traditional pumpkin pie - seriously! Sarah adds a personal touch by tying her stories to the recipes and even shares a curated holiday playlist to bake to! This book goes beyond the holidays by incorporating other recipes such as "Cheater's Croissant Dough" and "Sweet Dough," which can be transformed for any special breakfast occasion. I personally made the "Carrot Cake with Burnt Honey Buttercream." At first, I thought it would be complicated, but the author created such clear instructions that my daughter helped me make it - and it was amazing! Other recipes that caught my attention: "Coffee Cardamom Monkey Bread" and "Pear-Almond Danish Braid." This would be a great book to give as a gift with the homemade caramel candies featured in the book. I received this Advance Reader's Copy in exchange for an honest review, and honestly - I plan on purchasing this book because I know that I will use this for years to come.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Leith Devine

    This is a fantastic cookbook, with beautiful photographs and delicious recipes. I liked the step by step pictures, which are helpful when making a new recipe. There are several recipes that had variations of flavors on the basic recipe, which all sound appealing. My favorites so far are Creme Brûlée Pumping Pie, Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies, Lemon Pull-Apart Bread, and Meyer Lemon White Chocolate Scones. I highly recommend this book, 5 stars. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley I received a compl This is a fantastic cookbook, with beautiful photographs and delicious recipes. I liked the step by step pictures, which are helpful when making a new recipe. There are several recipes that had variations of flavors on the basic recipe, which all sound appealing. My favorites so far are Creme Brûlée Pumping Pie, Red Velvet Crinkle Cookies, Lemon Pull-Apart Bread, and Meyer Lemon White Chocolate Scones. I highly recommend this book, 5 stars. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mary Popping

    This book is just lovely, inside and out. The recipes are fun and easy to read, the illustrations made my mouth water, and the variety of sweets in this book is great! As someone who loves eating sweets but has no talent for baking whatsoever, looking at some of the more creative recipes inspired me to try baking again. One of my favorite recipes was for Peanut Butter Cups. I can’t wait to try making it with my sister!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Tanya R

    Who doesn't love some Holiday baking?  The house fills up with the smells of cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate.  I can smell it now and can't wait to start baking for Christmas. Baking for the holidays has some tried and true Holiday favorites and some fun new recipes that I haven't yet tried.  Burnt Honey Buttercream, Lemon Pull-Apart Bread, Nutella Star Bread (this looks beautiful!), Hot Chocolate Cake, Frozen Bon-Bons, no churn Ice Cream and this cool new idea - Cruffins!  A cross between and Croi Who doesn't love some Holiday baking?  The house fills up with the smells of cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate.  I can smell it now and can't wait to start baking for Christmas. Baking for the holidays has some tried and true Holiday favorites and some fun new recipes that I haven't yet tried.  Burnt Honey Buttercream, Lemon Pull-Apart Bread, Nutella Star Bread (this looks beautiful!), Hot Chocolate Cake, Frozen Bon-Bons, no churn Ice Cream and this cool new idea - Cruffins!  A cross between and Croissant and a Muffin.  O-M-G! Every recipe in this books is a make from scratch.  Some recipes are really easy, others you may need to read a couple of times to make sure you understand the process.  But I promise you, you will not be disappointed if you pick up this Cookbook!   For the recipes that will take a bit of extra time, Kieffer does an excellent job of making easy to read directions to simply the process for the baker, as much as possible.   A great cookbook for every household that loves to wake up to the smell of holiday baking! YUM! Thank you to #ChronicleBooks and #NetGalley for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Geha

    Baking for the Holidays by Sarah Kieffer 50+ Treats for a Festive Season What a treasure this book would be as a gift to oneself or to another. I can see creating holiday baking traditions using the recipes in this book, enjoying the process, and memories that would be treasured by the baker, assistant bakers, or recipients of the baked goods. So many of the recipes triggered personal memories of recipes I have made or would like to make in the future relatives or friends. I just wish that dessert Baking for the Holidays by Sarah Kieffer 50+ Treats for a Festive Season What a treasure this book would be as a gift to oneself or to another. I can see creating holiday baking traditions using the recipes in this book, enjoying the process, and memories that would be treasured by the baker, assistant bakers, or recipients of the baked goods. So many of the recipes triggered personal memories of recipes I have made or would like to make in the future relatives or friends. I just wish that desserts didn’t have so many calories. Ah well… What I liked: * The introduction with memories of the author’s childhood * The recipes selected for the book * That many recipes provided variations on the basic recipe * The notes on techniques, ingredients, and equipment * The clear concise list of ingredients and directions for making the recipes * The beautiful photographs * The old favorites and some new ideas to try * The gift section with smaller items like cookies, bars and candies * That it put me in the mood for the holidays…and for cooler weather * Thinking about someday being with family again during the holidays What I didn’t like: * I can’t really think of ANYTHING I didn’t like Did I enjoy this book? Yes Would I like to own it? Yes Would I buy it as a gift for someone else? Definitely Thank you to NetGalley and Chronicle Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 5 Stars

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    First of all, the phots in this book are stunning and invoke cozy holiday vibes. The recipes are a bit more advanced from the traditional holiday recipes. While they sound delicious, I’m more of a traditional holiday gal. While this didn’t work for me, it would work for someone who likes a more modern approach to their holiday baking. My thanks to the publisher for the advance reader in exchange for my honest review!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Bridget Healy

    Can't wait to try these! Can't wait to try these!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Karen Hancock

    Looking for some showstopper baked goods to serve at the upcoming holidays? Sarah Kieffer has outdone herself with her cookbook, Baking for the Holidays: 50+ Treats for a Festive Season. Almost everybody hosts a few breakfasts and brunches during the holidays, and this book contains plenty of breads and desserts to add to those holiday meals. While the cookbook includes only about 50 (plus some basics) recipes, these are recipes that people actually want to prepare and serve. It includes trendy Looking for some showstopper baked goods to serve at the upcoming holidays? Sarah Kieffer has outdone herself with her cookbook, Baking for the Holidays: 50+ Treats for a Festive Season. Almost everybody hosts a few breakfasts and brunches during the holidays, and this book contains plenty of breads and desserts to add to those holiday meals. While the cookbook includes only about 50 (plus some basics) recipes, these are recipes that people actually want to prepare and serve. It includes trendy recipes like morning buns (a big craze lately), Cruffins, and Nutella Star Bread, as well as some basics and traditional baked goods. There are pies, cakes, cupcakes, pull apart breads, and frozen concoctions. One of the best parts of this excellent cookbook is that there is a beautiful photograph of almost every recipe; it makes it difficult to decide what to bake, since everything looks so good. There are also basic recipes such as Rough Puff Paste, Basic Sweet Roll Dough, and Cheater’s Croissant Dough. Although there are recipes in this book that are time consuming, Kieffer has streamlined some of the basics to save time and make the baked goods easier to prepare. These recipes aren’t just for the holidays. Almost every recipe can be prepared year round, and they turn out good enough most bakers will want to bake their favorites over and over. All told, Baking for the Holidays: 50+ Treats for a Festive Season is an excellent cookbook with easy-to-follow instructions that make it possible for bakers of all skill levels to create beautiful and tasty baked goods. Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sascha

    Baking for the Holidays by Sarah Kieffer is a beautiful cookbook with lots of photos showing methods as well as the finished baked goods. Sarah offers reminiscences about her holidays growing up and makes the book feel very homey. The book is divided into five chapters: Morning Breads and Pastries, Holiday Desserts, Gift Giving, Beyond Christmas, and Extras (which encompasses recipes for things like whipped cream, lemon curd, and crème fraiche). Most of the recipes look inspiring, but I have to t Baking for the Holidays by Sarah Kieffer is a beautiful cookbook with lots of photos showing methods as well as the finished baked goods. Sarah offers reminiscences about her holidays growing up and makes the book feel very homey. The book is divided into five chapters: Morning Breads and Pastries, Holiday Desserts, Gift Giving, Beyond Christmas, and Extras (which encompasses recipes for things like whipped cream, lemon curd, and crème fraiche). Most of the recipes look inspiring, but I have to tell you that a lot of them seemed time and/or labor intensive. Seriously I love the idea of making cinnamon buns from scratch and having them warm on Christmas morning but with everything else going on during the holidays, making a yeast dough just doesn’t come high on my list. I could see it happening at another time, though…..probably in January, late, late January, when the mad rush is over. Now, I’m an outlier on this next thing, and I admit it. Give me less chocolate on desserts. Please. Sarah puts chocolate on things that really doesn’t need them. I’m certain that some of you have bad feelings about fruitcake, but I believe that a fruitcake that is done well is a brilliant thing. And certainly doesn’t need chocolate glaze because it already should be rich enough! I feel like bakers…and maybe Americans, just need to take a step back from pouring chocolate on everything. See. I am an outlier. Along the same lines of incorporating chocolate, Sarah seems to like things a bit sweeter than I would be happy with. Pumpkin pie is the holy grail of Thanksgiving desserts in my family. While I agree with Sarah that a little crunch is needed, her remedy is to brûlée the top thus adding more sugar to a recipe that already incorporates a cup of the stuff (my recipe is still hefty on the sugar with 3/4 cups). As for the crunch, I like chopped walnuts, which are so, so delicious when toasted and certainly healthier than adding more sugar. While some of the cakes were very appealing like the White Cake with Cranberries and White Chocolate Buttercream and Carrot Cake with Burnt Honey Buttercream, many of these recipes just don’t scream homey to me. Homier kinds of recipes can be found in the gift section, but even still some of these seem a little on the higher end of things and again, of course, incorporate extra chocolate. Boohoo. Yeah, yeah, yeah, my pet peeve. However, the one recipe I am dying to make is the Coconut-Cardamom Cupcakes. I love cardamom and can almost imagine how wonderful it would taste with coconut. If I had all of the ingredients, you can be sure I’d be whipping these up right now! Yum. If you’re looking for downhome kinds of recipes from Christmases past, this probably isn’t your book. However, if you’re an experienced baker who wants to try some different takes on established recipes, this is definitely a go. The book is very well done. Oh, and if you are looking for the Pumpkin Pie with the Candied Pepita Streusel mentioned in the blurb, stop. Someone ate it along with the recipe. I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Catie

    Baking for the Holidays is a fun and informative holiday baking book. It starts with clear information on ingredients and equipment before moving on to the recipes themselves. I love the number of pictures included, especially as it starts out with cinnamon rolls. The first time I tried making cinnamon rolls, I kept asking my sister if it looked right and this provides a quick check right then and their. All with classic recipes, there are lovely showpieces for when guests are over, like the Nut Baking for the Holidays is a fun and informative holiday baking book. It starts with clear information on ingredients and equipment before moving on to the recipes themselves. I love the number of pictures included, especially as it starts out with cinnamon rolls. The first time I tried making cinnamon rolls, I kept asking my sister if it looked right and this provides a quick check right then and their. All with classic recipes, there are lovely showpieces for when guests are over, like the Nutella Star Bread or the simpler Panettone Scone that I had never seen before. I think it had fun ideas, lots of good tips and tricks, and recipes for any sort of holiday event. I definitely recommend. My one downside is that this is more for entertaining but few recipes are fairly quick, so unless you plan and bake ahead you might be stuck in the kitchen for awhile. Also, as someone with a nut allergy, I wish there were fewer recipes with nuts (there are a significant amount with them) or at least substitutions included. Still, there were a ton of innovative desserts to try.

  21. 4 out of 5

    =^.^= Janet

    Date reviewed/posted: May 13, 2021 Publication date: September 7, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author i Date reviewed/posted: May 13, 2021 Publication date: September 7, 2021 When life for the entire galaxy and planet has turned on its end, you are continuing to #maskup and #lockdown to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #thirdwave ( #fourthwave #fifthwave?) is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. A charming holiday baking book brimming with delicious, indulgent recipes, cozy winter photography, and lots of holiday cheer from Sarah Kieffer, author of 100 Cookies, beloved baker behind The Vanilla Bean Blog, and creator of the "bang-the-pan" method. Delight family and friends with edible gifts and whip up some delicious baked goods to treat yourself through the long winter months after the holidays have ended. Recipes include Triple Chocolate Peppermint Bark, Meyer Lemon-White Chocolate Scones, Pear-Almond Danish Bread, Hot Chocolate Cake, and Pumpkin Pie with Candied Pepita Streusel. With happy, festive photography and anyone-can-do-it recipes, this is a perfect holiday gift sure to please anyone in your life who loves to while away the winter months in their warm and cozy kitchen. And so the holiday baking books arrive - and this one had me at Burnt Honey Buttercream! The recipes here are wonderfully festiv but also applicable, in many ways, to all year round. It goes from breakfast to dessert and I was drooling all over my Kindle while reading it! The recipes are well written and understandable by cooks of all levels and the photos make the food very appealing to myself and other lovers of food out there. I especially love the book because it uses mostly whole ingredients instead of pre-prepared and packaged foods as the more "ingredients" you use the better. Read this and get into the holiday spirit and you and your guests will have yumminess from dawn to dusk! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🥧🧁🍪🍩🎂

  22. 5 out of 5

    Brooke

    This review is for the Kindle edition. I was really excited about this cookbook but since the price was significantly less for the kindle edition, I bought it. I love the holidays, I love entertaining, I love having company but I was disappointed in this book for a number of reasons (some ebook related). The bulk of the book is variations of a recipe - use this dough but try/add this. While some of that is appreciated, I had to jump all over the place to find the recipe for said dough. This isn't This review is for the Kindle edition. I was really excited about this cookbook but since the price was significantly less for the kindle edition, I bought it. I love the holidays, I love entertaining, I love having company but I was disappointed in this book for a number of reasons (some ebook related). The bulk of the book is variations of a recipe - use this dough but try/add this. While some of that is appreciated, I had to jump all over the place to find the recipe for said dough. This isn't as easy/convenient when not having a physical book in front of you. There need to be more pictures. I appreciated the folding technique pictures but the cake/pie/cheesecake recipes are just top down photos - I want to see what the inside/filling looks like. I found a few things in this book I might make (scones, her cinnamon rolls)- but honestly some I'll just take inspiration from and make my own (bon bons, pull apart breads). Not awful but not great either. I would resell it if I bought the physical book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Alison

    Oh my goodness...and I mean lots of yummy goodness. This cookbook is one that I will be buying on release day and happily baking each and every recipe. I live for baking in the cooler seasons and especially at Christmastime. I loved the little stories the author shares as it brings some of her traditions into the heart of the recipe. The recipes are easy to follow and well laid out. I love her tips and tricks, and how some of the recipes are so easily modified to get different flavors and textur Oh my goodness...and I mean lots of yummy goodness. This cookbook is one that I will be buying on release day and happily baking each and every recipe. I live for baking in the cooler seasons and especially at Christmastime. I loved the little stories the author shares as it brings some of her traditions into the heart of the recipe. The recipes are easy to follow and well laid out. I love her tips and tricks, and how some of the recipes are so easily modified to get different flavors and textures. What I especially love are the beautiful pictures that some of the recipes have. Not only of the finished product, but a step-by-step guide (ahem...raises hand for needing extra visuals) on the various steps, for example braiding bread. Let this be your go-to baking guide for the Holidays this year! It's perfect to beginners or more experienced bakers! Thank you Chronicle Books and #NetGalley for and advance copy of this delicious book in exchange for my review!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alissa Avilov

    Baking for the Holidays made me feel excited for the Holidays! The book features 50+ recipes that are perfect for the Holidays and sharing with friends and family. I loved that most recipes included a make ahead suggestion, since so much of Holiday Baking is scheduling accordingly around family commitments and events. The book is broken into the following sections: -Morning Breads and Pastries -Holiday Desserts -Gift Giving -Beyond Christmas -Extras A few recipes that stood out to me that I look forw Baking for the Holidays made me feel excited for the Holidays! The book features 50+ recipes that are perfect for the Holidays and sharing with friends and family. I loved that most recipes included a make ahead suggestion, since so much of Holiday Baking is scheduling accordingly around family commitments and events. The book is broken into the following sections: -Morning Breads and Pastries -Holiday Desserts -Gift Giving -Beyond Christmas -Extras A few recipes that stood out to me that I look forward to adding to my Holiday rotation this year (or honestly sooner!): coffee cardamom monkey bread, powdered sugar donuts, crème brûlée pumpkin pie, turtle bars, blueberry streusel bars, hot chocolate cake, and caramel shards. While I found these recipes to be pretty traditional, I think the recipes are very thorough and the selection is well curated. I’m sure this will become a staple in a lot of homes this Holiday season.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kerry

    Sarah Kieffer of The Vanilla Bean Baking Blog has come up with another beautiful, well put together baking book. In this book, Baking for the Holidays, she shares holiday inspired desserts as well as desserts you can enjoy all year long. I am a baking cookbook connoisseur and there are a few things that make a good cookbook. In my opinion they are: recipes with clear directions and steps, gorgeous photographs of most if not all the recipes and recipes that are unique or teach a new method to com Sarah Kieffer of The Vanilla Bean Baking Blog has come up with another beautiful, well put together baking book. In this book, Baking for the Holidays, she shares holiday inspired desserts as well as desserts you can enjoy all year long. I am a baking cookbook connoisseur and there are a few things that make a good cookbook. In my opinion they are: recipes with clear directions and steps, gorgeous photographs of most if not all the recipes and recipes that are unique or teach a new method to common recipes. Baking for the Holidays does just that! Not only is the book designed beautifully, the photos are stunning and make you want to dive in and start baking. What I appreciate most is the more unique recipes such as the cruffins which are a tall muffin and croissant hybrid that looks so good. Not only do I plan on purchasing this book for our library's collection but I want to go and buy my own copy as well. Thank you Netgalley for sharing a review copy!

  26. 5 out of 5

    David Gibson

    A delightful holiday cookbook with some great recipes to make for the family. I was able to try 3 recipes from this cookbook (cranberries and cream danish, triple chocolate mousse cake, and turtle bars) and all of them were delicious. This seems like the recipe book you have to work out before exploring. It should be said that some of these recipes are a little more advanced than the novice baker would feel comfortable with but the instructions are pretty solid you should be able to work through A delightful holiday cookbook with some great recipes to make for the family. I was able to try 3 recipes from this cookbook (cranberries and cream danish, triple chocolate mousse cake, and turtle bars) and all of them were delicious. This seems like the recipe book you have to work out before exploring. It should be said that some of these recipes are a little more advanced than the novice baker would feel comfortable with but the instructions are pretty solid you should be able to work through it. There are some literary quotes and personal anecdotes sprinkled in which are nice. The only drawback of the book is the layout. Maybe it’s a personal thing but I like pictures sprinkled in with the instructions, especially to illustrate what I should be seeing. This cookbook however uses full pages of text instructions. A definite winner though!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Sarah Kieffer has lots of warm memories of the winter holidays. She grew up in one of those close families that started celebrating before Thanksgiving and kept on long past New Year’s. They shared laughter and love, food and fellowship, photos and memories. If you are someone who got to grow up in his kind of family or if you are wanting to create that now, then Baking for the Holidays is the book you’re looking for. Filled with lots of beautiful photographs, recipes for family breakfasts and h Sarah Kieffer has lots of warm memories of the winter holidays. She grew up in one of those close families that started celebrating before Thanksgiving and kept on long past New Year’s. They shared laughter and love, food and fellowship, photos and memories. If you are someone who got to grow up in his kind of family or if you are wanting to create that now, then Baking for the Holidays is the book you’re looking for. Filled with lots of beautiful photographs, recipes for family breakfasts and holiday desserts, and gifts you can make and share, this cookbook brings a taste of a big family Christmas to readers. Whether you’ve experienced that kind of heartwarming holiday or not, Kieffer is prepared to get you in the mood with delicious recipes, ideas for new traditions, and a reminder of what’s really important during the holiday season. If you’re not much of a baker, Kieffer offers lots of help, from talking about the ingredients and tools you’ll need to get started to including lots of photos to help you get your technique right. Do you want to try the Giant Cinnamon Roll? There are pictures showing how to roll it up, step by step, so you can make sure to get it right. Same with the Nutella Star Bread or the Pear-Almond Danish Braid. Other options for Morning Breads and Pastries include Powdered Sugar Doughnuts, Streusel Coffee Cake, or Coffee-Cardamom Monkey Bread. If you’re planning out your holiday desserts, you can try the Carrot Cake with Burnt Honey Buttercream, Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake, or the Hazelnut Cheesecake. Rather have a pie? Try the Crème Brulèe Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Mint Ice Cream Pie, or the Apple, Caramel, and Hard Cider Pie. Or are you looking for gifts to share with family and friends? There are Caramel Candies, Peanut Butter Cups, Turtle Bars, Modern Fruit Cakes, or Cut-Out Cookies. Then there is a chapter called Beyond Christmas, which is filled with recipes that help you hang on to the warm holiday feelings through the cold month of January (and beyond). Try the Lemon Pull-Apart Bread, Blood Orange Turnovers, or Blueberry Streusel Buns. Need something for a snowy weekend? There’s the Hot Chocolate Cake. Want a celebration? Try the Confetti Cake. The entire last chapter is extra recipes that can add special touches to your baking, like candied nuts, no-churn ice creams, pastry cream, lemon curd, and marshmallows. But throughout the book are more recipes for basics you can master, and once you have those, you are only limited by your own imagination. There are recipes for sweet dough, pie dough, rough puff pastry, and even a cheater’s croissant dough. While these 50-some treat recipes are a great reason to buy Baking for the Holidays, the thing that makes this cookbook special is the feelings that evokes. The stories of Kieffer’s Christmases, whether as a child enjoying her presents or as a young adult working retail, are the stories that so many share. Singing the same songs every year and decorating the Christmas tree and wrapping presents, all with the sweet sugar smell of treats baking bring to mind the happy holidays we like to remember. The downside to this cookbook is that there are not a lot of recipes, and it does focus on a certain type of Christmas holiday that not everyone gets excited about. The only December holiday included is Christmas, so anyone wanting to celebrate a different holiday or a different culture will need to find a different cookbook. Kieffer doesn’t make the book overly religious, but it is heavy on making family memories and celebrating traditions and rituals. Egalleys for Baking for the Holidays were provided by Chronicle Books through NetGalley, with many thanks.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Frosta Wings It

    The name says it all and delivers on the promise, Baking for the Holidays is a book full of recipes for your holidays with stunning pictures and some pretty delicious twists on some classics! (Cream Brulee Pumpkin Pie or Passion Fruit - Poppy Seed Muffins, anyone?) I LOVE this book! I am not a baker, but I love gifting people treats during the holidays. It is the one time of the year when I go all out and spend the month baking cookies, squares and pastries! The illustrations in this book are ext The name says it all and delivers on the promise, Baking for the Holidays is a book full of recipes for your holidays with stunning pictures and some pretty delicious twists on some classics! (Cream Brulee Pumpkin Pie or Passion Fruit - Poppy Seed Muffins, anyone?) I LOVE this book! I am not a baker, but I love gifting people treats during the holidays. It is the one time of the year when I go all out and spend the month baking cookies, squares and pastries! The illustrations in this book are extremely helpful, the recipes are easy to follow. Sections are explaining the ingredients, which I appreciated. I am dying to try the Lemon Streusel Coffee Cake and make the Panettone Scones for my mom!! The sections were very well divided. I loved the thoughtful little touches that set the edition apart, such as a section for gift-giving and baking throughout the year, not to mention the suggestions of music to bake to! Must have for all bakers aficionados and wannabes alike! Disclaimer: I first read it as an ARC. In exchange for an honest review, I am thankful to Sarah Kieffer, Chronicle Books and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of Baking for the Holidays

  29. 4 out of 5

    joyce w. laudon

    I know that this is early for the holidays but you might want to look at this book sooner rather than later. That way, there will be plenty of time to decide which recipes you want to try. This collection is divided into sections on Morning Breads and Pastries; Holiday Desserts; Gift Giving; Beyond Christmas’ and Extras. There are other enticing sections of which my favorite is “Music to Bake to.” Some of the recipes are those for Pear-Almond Danish Bread; Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake; Modern Frui I know that this is early for the holidays but you might want to look at this book sooner rather than later. That way, there will be plenty of time to decide which recipes you want to try. This collection is divided into sections on Morning Breads and Pastries; Holiday Desserts; Gift Giving; Beyond Christmas’ and Extras. There are other enticing sections of which my favorite is “Music to Bake to.” Some of the recipes are those for Pear-Almond Danish Bread; Triple Chocolate Mousse Cake; Modern Fruit Cakes; Coconut-Cardomom Cupcakes’ and Marshmallows. As the cover promises, there are fifty in all. The book begins with a section titled “How to Use this Book” and is followed by a section on techniques. Bakers will find these to be helpful. There are also many enticing photographs. In addition to showing the baked goods, there are illustrations that demonstrate some aspects of the recipe. Some of these recipes are undoubtedly too difficult for me but those with a bit of baking experience (or patience) should do fine. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    I'm so happy that I am able to add this book to my recipe book collection. It is full of wonderful recipes, whether you're entertaining during the holidays or simply cooking a cozy meal for your family. I expected the book to be chock full of recipes for desserts, and of course it does have a section for those important holiday treats, but I was pleasantly surprised that it extends far beyond that with sections on breads and pastries, gift giving treats and other winter themed goodies. The author I'm so happy that I am able to add this book to my recipe book collection. It is full of wonderful recipes, whether you're entertaining during the holidays or simply cooking a cozy meal for your family. I expected the book to be chock full of recipes for desserts, and of course it does have a section for those important holiday treats, but I was pleasantly surprised that it extends far beyond that with sections on breads and pastries, gift giving treats and other winter themed goodies. The author takes great pains to help home cooks duplicate her recipes. The recipes are straight forward, using ingredients found in most households or easily sourced. Her introduction details the types of ingredients she used to create the recipes, such as the specific type of flour to buy, whether to use salted or unsalted butter, etc. There is also a section on conversions. The author even suggests Christmas music to have on during your time in the kitchen! The pictures found throughout the book illustrate particular techniques and steps used with the recipes. Thanks to the Goodreads Giveaways program and Chronicle Books LLC for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

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